Inside the Iowa Legislative Session
The podcast discusses the recent 2023 legislative session in Iowa and expectations for the 2024 session.
It first interviews State Senator Cindy Winkler (D) and State Representative Gary Moore (R) about the current political landscape in Iowa. Moore attributes Republican success to delivering on campaign promises like tax cuts. Winkler argues outside money has influenced issues like social policies that were not central in campaigns.
The discussion then focuses on key bills from 2023. Moore defended the bill removing some books from school libraries as analogous to movie ratings, while Winkler argued it stifles creativity and learning. They also debate the school vouchers bill, with Moore saying it empowers parental choice but Winkler warning it lacks accountability and oversight.
Looking ahead, Moore and Winkler disagree on the state budget outlook. Moore is optimistic they can further cut taxes and invest in areas like education, law and order, and government efficiency. Winkler worries revenue projections are overly rosy and funds may be diverted from areas like teacher pay raises.
For 2024 priorities, Moore wants to fund services, invest in new programs identified as priorities, and cut more taxes. Winkler wants to ensure quality education, healthcare access, and personal freedoms are protected amid her concerns about changing social policies.
The podcast concludes by airing a live performance from singer-songwriter Bethann Heidgerken. She introduces and performs her original pop song "Answer Right" about wanting clarity on a potential romantic interest's intentions.